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The Engineering department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop boasting industry-standard centre lathes, CNC systems, and 3D printers, and a range of computer facilities with the latest 2D/3D CAD software.

The nine members of staff who run the department have over 140 years of combined industry experience, working in sectors such as military engineering, motorsports, nuclear energy, hydroelectric, manufacturing, and acoustics.

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There are over 20,000 opportunities for careers in the engineering industry, and following a career in this field could take you down any number of roads (or up into the skies).

Many of our students go on to university or other degree-level studies in mechatronics, energy, motorsports, and aeronautics. Just as many secure apprenticeships with local and national employers, including Gilkes and BAE Systems, and go on to study for a Higher National Diploma at Kendal College.

Our engineering facilities are just as impressive as the progression routes achieved by students. The flagship £1.9m Engineering, Science & Technology Centre houses CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines from Haas, alongside numerous manual lathes – a setup that is the same or better standard than in the workplace. There’s also a dedicated science laboratory, sustainable energy workshop, and access to 3D printers, the latest CAD suite systems, material testing machines, and much more.

Our experienced tutors have an excellent reputation in the industry and have strong links with local businesses that rely on the College to meet their current and future business needs. Students undertake valuable work experience and placements and take part in the UK and overseas trips to places like the Skoda factory in Prague to develop their knowledge.

Full-time, part-time and degree-level courses are available in engineering at Kendal College and a wide range of apprenticeships.

Meet your tutor

Nick Evanson

I teach physics, maths, and computing too so my role is extremely varied and fast-paced. Kendal College is fun, fast and friendly. It’s extremely rewarding to see students’ progress through the course, gaining new found confidence and knowledge about the industry. My advice to anyone considering their options is to come and take a look around!

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Mechanical Engineering HNC
Degree-level 4 1st Sept 2024 2 Years

Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.

Electrical Engineering HNC
Degree-level 4 1st Sept 2024 2 Years

Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.

Engineering Technology
Full-time 2 4th Sept 2024 1 Year

Do you enjoy looking at machines, structures, technology, gadgets, and wonder how they are made? Did you enjoy making things at school? Do you want to a job where your practical skills are put to use?

Our Level 2 Engineering Technology course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too.

Design & Development for Engineering & Manufacturing (Mechanical) T-Level
Full-time 3 4th Sept 2024 2 Years

This course combines the fundamental engineering knowledge you require to succeed in a multitude of engineering roles, alongside a work placement and practical skills program developed in tandem with local employers to ensure you have the experience to get ahead in the engineering world. Learners applying for the Engineering T-Levels (whether it is Mechanical or Electrical) have the option specialise in either of these routes in the second year.

Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing & Control T-Level
Full-time 3 4th Sept 2024 2 Years

This course combines the fundamental engineering knowledge you require to succeed in a multitude of engineering roles, alongside a work placement and practical skills program developed in tandem with local employers to ensure you have the experience to get ahead in the engineering world.

Design & Development for Engineering & Manufacturing (Electrical) T-Level
Full-time 3 4th Sept 2024 2 Years

This course combines the fundamental engineering knowledge you require to succeed in a multitude of engineering roles, alongside a work placement and practical skills program developed in tandem with local employers to ensure you have the experience to get ahead in the engineering world. Learners applying for the Engineering T-Levels (whether it is Mechanical or Electrical) have the option specialise in either of these routes in the second year.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Part-time 3 Sept 2024 33 weeks

Aimed at learners working in a range of roles in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector, this qualification could lead to employment in several sectors including for example Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance Engineering, or Machining.

Maintaining Your Bike
Part-time 1 Sept 2024 5 Weeks

On this course, you will gain a Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics. This course takes place at Mapdec Cycle Works.